Manila Water reaffirms vow to protect water bodies during Int’l Coastal Clean-up Day
MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of this year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day and in observance of the National Clean-up Month, Manila Water joined simultaneous clean-up activities in different parts of Metro Manila recently.
Together with volunteers from the public and private sector, employees of the Manila Water Foundation, Wastewater Operations, Advocacy and Research Department, Project Management Group, Enterprise Regulatory Affairs Group and 503rd reservists of the Company cleared waste and debris along the coast of Manila Bay and Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach in a nationwide clean-up drive organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Sept. 17.
According to the DENR, more than 4,000 volunteers attended and managed to haul a total of 3,500 sacks of garbage from the Manila Bay coastline.
In Taguig City, army reservists from Manila Water joined the clean-up drive at Pinagsama Creek.
The Company also brought water tankers and provided water stations for volunteers, with water safe for drinking and hand washing. Manila Water Foundation, in partnership with UNICEF, distributed bottles of alcohol to the attendees.
Protection of water bodies has always been one of the key initiatives of Manila Water’s environmental advocacy, notably Toka Toka, which is the first and only environmental movement in the country that promotes proper management of wastewater in every household as an important share (or “toka” — designation) in reviving our rivers and waterways. Manila Water, in partnership with local and national government agencies and barangays, conducted tree planting activities, waterway cleanups and desludging caravans.
“This day is a call to action for every one of us to take part in keeping our coasts and beaches clean. We remain steadfast in our commitment to help in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Patuloy kami sa aming Toka na aming naisasagawa sa pakikipagtulungan sa aming mga partners kaya naman lubos kaming nagpapasalamat sa DENR, DENR-NCR, LLDA, LWUA at MWSS. [We will continue to pitch our part with the help of our able partners, DENR, DENR-NCR, LLDA, LWUA and MWSS, to whom we extend our sincerest gratitude],” says Jennifer Delos Santos, Head of Manila Water’s Advocacy and Research Department.
Manila Water also joined the series of synchronized waterway clean-up drive organized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in partnership with different barangays in Metro Manila.
On Sept. 10, 2022, Manila Water volunteer employees assisted in cleaning the Maytunas Creek in Barangay Addition Hills in San Juan City, and Buhangin Creek in Barangay Plainview, Mandaluyong City.
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